Special Section: Social Media in the Middle East
Social media is powerful. Communication is a formidable tool for empowerment. Citizens can use social media to communicate to influence large audiences, to build group identity and unity, and to expose abuses. Social media can give voice to the voiceless. People can become empowered.
In an interconnected world, the autocratic will continue to face challenges with the digital. Savvy users persist to find methods to bypass communication suppression, much like the 46% of survey respondents in Arab regions reporting multiple accounts on a single social networking system platform.
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- The Ultimate Black Box Posted in: Entries, Ethics, Industry View, Magazine Articles, Robotics - Developers face a conundrum when launching software that must be equipped to make a moral judgment. Algorithms are being programmed to make consequential decisions… ... Read More
- Defending Against Opaque Algorithmic Meddling in Free Elections Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Magazine Articles, Privacy & Security, Societal Impact - As social media serves to transform free speech the world over, a pervasive infiltration of the information highway is underway… ... Read More
- Mundane Is the New Radical Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Environment, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - The increasing number of dam projects deployed in developing countries over the last two decades that perform poorly illustrate a disconnect between planners, stakeholders, and… ... Read More
- That Dragon, Cancer Posted in: Entries, Human Impacts, Leading Edge, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - Thank You for Playing explores the very personal experiences of a family battling cancer, and the beauty and hope that can be found… ... Read More
- Publish or Impoverish Posted in: Editorial & Opinion, Entries, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - It can be glibly asserted that technology makes accomplishing various activities easier. But it is not always obvious for whom it makes it easier to accomplish… ... Read More
- Digital Empowerment and Socio-Political Stability Posted in: Last Word, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact - Social media (SM) usage is increasing across the globe. Of the 7.6 billion people populating earth, 4 billion are believed to be Internet users. Over 3… ... Read More
- President’s Message – Operationalizing SSIT’s 5 Pillars Posted in: Magazine Articles, President's Message, Societal Impact - SSIT Pillar 4 is dedicated to Societal Impact of Technology. Pillar 4 focuses on highlighting and supporting the development of… ... Read More
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Paul M. Cunningham
Publish or Impoverish
Digital Research Confidential
Michael L. Black
Jenna P. Carpenter
Girls Coming to Tech
Renée M. Blackburn
That Dragon, Cancer - Video Game as Art Form
Mundane Is the New Radical -- The Resurgence of Energy Megaprojects and Implications for the Global South
Rebekah Shirley and Daniel Kammen
The Ultimate Black Box --The Thorny Issue of Programming Moral Standards in Machines
Defending Against Opaque Algorithmic Meddling in Free Elections
Digital Empowerment and Socio-Political Stability
D. Ktoridou, E. Epaminonda, and A. Charalambous
Mohsen Yoosefi Nejad, Mehdi Hosseinzadeh. and Maryam Mohammadi
Ben Falchuk, Shoshana Loeb, and Ralph Neff
Vijay Sivaraman, Hassan Habibi Gharakheili, Clinton Fernandes, Narelle Clark, and Tanya Karliychuk
Franco Zambonelli, Flora Salim, Seng W. Loke, Wolfgang De Meuter, and Salil Kanhere
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